Lawmakers will begin tackling huge N.J. judge shortage that has hurt thousands on Monday

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A key state Senate panel will begin to deal with New Jersey’s massive state judge vacancy problem Monday in a rare summer meeting. There are currently 63 judicial vacancies out of 433 trial court positions, and 10 more are anticipated by the end of the year, according to Judiciary spokeswoman MaryAnn Spoto. Monday’s agenda so far includes interviewing a pair of state Superior Court nominees. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Brian Stack, D-Hudson, told N.J. Advance Media that having members meet over summer recess to vet and review judges was imperative. “We want to get these vacancies filled t…

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